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Students at a Samkalp Foundation centre. | Photo: Samkalp Foundation website

RSS-backed IAS institute has been quietly grooming ‘nationalist’ civil servants since 1986

In 2020 civil services exam, Samkalp Foundation has claimed a success rate of 61%. The institute with close ties to RSS claimed similar success in the last few years too.
The World Bank headquarters

Haryana CM’s principal secretary Rajesh Khullar appointed World Bank executive director

Khullar, a 1988-batch IAS officer, will have a tenure of three years or till the date of his superannuation, i.e. 31 August 2023, a Personnel Ministry order said.
The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) headquarters in New Delhi | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Telecom accounts & finance service writes to PM, repeats call for merger of audit services 

The audit services of India have been seeking a merger to bolster efficiency, as well as to tackle what they describe as IAS hegemony over top posts.
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How this IAS officer got India’s first water train to save Gujarat’s Rajkot from drought

CK Koshy was the Relief Commissioner of Gujarat when drought struck in 1986. This is the story of how he brought water to hundreds of villages.
File photo of Editor-in-chief of Sudarshan News Suresh Chavhanke

Sudarshan News ‘bureaucracy jihad’ report is hate speech, say civil servants, demand action

Civil servants condemn Sudarshan News Editor-in-Chief Suresh Chavhanke after he posts teaser video of report, to be aired Friday, that claims ‘infiltration of Muslims’ in the services.
Kannan Gopinathan | File photo | Facebook

Shah Faesal rejoining IAS doesn’t undo ‘unconstitutional’ treatment he faced — ex-IAS Kannan G

Kannan Gopinathan, who resigned as IAS officer following Shah Faesal’s arrest last year, said speculation over him rejoining the service won’t change his mind.
Illustration: Soham Sen/ThePrint

It’s IAS vs IA&AS as Murmu’s appointment as CAG upsets auditing service officers

The 1985-batch IAS officer’s appointment is being seen as only the latest instance of the cadre’s continued domination of the agency over the auditor officers.
Shah Faesal has quit the Jammu and Kashmir People's movement and could return to the IAS | File photo: ANI

Those who said I’m a prop are now crying because I’m quitting politics, says Shah Faesal

IAS officer-turned-politician Shah Faesal quit the party he founded last year, JKPM, and says he’s is open to returning to work for the government.
Civil servant trainees

50% IAS, IFS recruits are children of govt servants. But this is a story of their merit

Of the civil servants who have taken the foundation course at LBSNAA since 2014, at least 50% come from families with a govt service background, data shows.
The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) headquarters in New Delhi | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

‘No scam’ — this is why UPSC always recruits fewer candidates than posts notified

While UPSC shortlisted 829 candidates, the number of vacancies flagged by the government, which the UPSC notified, stood at 927.

On Camera

A Harley Davidson dealership (Representational Image ) | Photographer: David Paul Morris | Bloomberg

Harley-Davidson riding away reflects poorly on both US icon and Modi’s ‘Make in India’

Modi’s ambitious plans to ‘Make in India’ could have been helped by a symbolic gesture to hold on to Harley, a premium manufacturer with an outsize brand.

Defence

Representational image | ANI

India, China working on Ladakh peace formula — alternate week patrolling, after disengagement

Patrolling in alternate weeks has been the established practice in the Northeast, and has worked well, barring the occasional face-off.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Suspect all, fix all? Is that the motto of our new ‘National Suspicion State’?

It’s not just Modi government or BJP, but even state governments, judiciary are getting caught in a ‘we suspect all’ mindset. Is India becoming a National Suspicion State?